Catherine Yu




My research interests lie in the role of patient and clinician behaviour change in knowledge translation. I am particularly interested in the development of innovative strategies for continuing professional development and patient education in chronic disease management, specifically diabetes care. My projects include interactive self-management and shared-decision making websites, order sets, computer-based simulators and interprofessional workshops and their impact on knowledge, behavior change, clinical and psychological outcomes.

Additional research specialties: mentorship, endocrinology and medical education

Recent Publications

  1. Chu, A, Shah, BR, Rashid, M, Booth, GL, Fazli, GS, Tu, K et al.. Trends in glucose testing among individuals without diabetes in Ontario between 2010 and 2017: a population-based cohort study. CMAJ Open. ;10 (3):E772-E780. doi: 10.9778/cmajo.20210195. PubMed PMID:35998927 PubMed Central PMC9402266.
  2. Ndjaboue, R, Ngueta, G, Rochefort-Brihay, C, Delorme, S, Guay, D, Ivers, N et al.. Prediction models of diabetes complications: a scoping review. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2022; :. doi: 10.1136/jech-2021-217793. PubMed PMID:35772935 .
  3. Im, JHB, Escudero, C, Zhang, K, Choi, D, Sivakumar, A, Booth, GL et al.. Perceptions and Correlates of Distress Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Stress Management Strategies Among Adults With Diabetes: A Mixed-Methods Study. Can J Diabetes. 2022;46 (3):253-261. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2021.10.006. PubMed PMID:35568426 PubMed Central PMC8531237.
  4. Dainty, KN, Seaton, MB, Estacio, A, Hicks, LK, Jamieson, T, Ward, S et al.. Virtual Specialist Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Multimethod Patient Experience Study. JMIR Med Inform. 2022;10 (6):e37196. doi: 10.2196/37196. PubMed PMID:35482950 PubMed Central PMC9239568.
  5. Pan, RY, Zhang, K, Sivakumar, A, Choi, D, Wang, AH, Wijeyesekera, P et al.. Evaluation of Experiences and Impact of Patient Engagement on e-Health Research: A Qualitative Study. Healthc Q. 2022;24 (SP):44-48. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2022.26775. PubMed PMID:35467510 .
  6. Saunders, H, Pham, B, Loong, D, Mishra, S, Ashoor, HM, Antony, J et al.. The Cost-Effectiveness of Intermediate-Acting, Long-Acting, Ultralong-Acting, and Biosimilar Insulins for Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review. Value Health. 2022;25 (7):1235-1252. doi: 10.1016/j.jval.2021.12.016. PubMed PMID:35341688 .
  7. Sivakumar, A, Pan, RY, Choi, D, Wang, AH, Yu, CH. "If We Got a Win-Win, You Can Sell It to Everybody": A Qualitative Study Employing Normalization Process Theory to Identify Critical Factors for eHealth Implementation and Scale-up in Primary Care. Can J Diabetes. 2022;46 (2):181-188. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2021.08.005. PubMed PMID:35283061 .
  8. Bruno, BA, Guirguis, K, Rofaiel, D, Yu, CH. Is Sociodemographic Status Associated with Empathic Communication and Decision Quality in Diabetes Care?. J Gen Intern Med. 2022;37 (12):3013-3019. doi: 10.1007/s11606-021-07230-5. PubMed PMID:34981361 .
  9. Yu, CH, Medleg, F, Choi, D, Spagnuolo, CM, Pinnaduwage, L, Straus, SE et al.. Integrating shared decision-making into primary care: lessons learned from a multi-centre feasibility randomized controlled trial. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2021;21 (1):323. doi: 10.1186/s12911-021-01673-w. PubMed PMID:34809626 PubMed Central PMC8609876.
  10. Yu, C, Chu, K, McCready, J, Downey, S, Pham, TT. Leveraging Innovative Leadership Models within Community and Healthcare Organizations to Support Safe School Reopening during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Healthc Q. 2021;24 (3):34-41. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2021.26621. PubMed PMID:34792446 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Endocrinologist, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (cross-appointment)
  • Associate Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto